James Bennett (keyboards & hand percussion)
Richard Hall (drums)
Linda Lawrence (vocals)
Russ Parsons (vocals)
Chris Pearson (guitars & vocals)
David Wright (acoustic guitar & bass guitar)
Riff Reign is a Worksop UK recording band, established in 2014 to develop and record songs written by Dave Wright.
Original members were James Bennett (keyboards & hand percussion), Pete Courcey (drums & vocals), Richard Nettleship (guitars & vocals) and Dave Wright (acoustic guitar and bass guitar). Following Pete’s and Richard’s departure, Dave and James were joined by Richard Hall (drums & backing vocals), Linda Lawrence (vocals), Chris Pearson (guitars & vocals), Russ Parsons (vocals) and for our second and third albums, Steve Roe (vocals).
Musical styles include Americana, blues, country, funk, jazz, pop, rock and retro rock ‘n’ roll, plus the band’s own indie style. Much of the music has a USA influence - in 1963 Dave’s eventual wife, Gwen, joined the Beatles Fan Club and got herself a New York pen friend, Danielle. Their friendship, which continues to this day, has led to extensive travels through the USA and Canada.
The band has released four albums, a Christmas single, and a blues EP. All are available as CD or digital download at riffreign.bandcamp.com. The band’s fifth album will be out before the end of 2018.
Band members have recently joined Dave in song writing. Chris wrote the lyrics to Soulless Man, which is featured our blues EP. Linda penned the lyrics to Beautiful Bird, which will be on the next album, First Leaves Fallin’.
Chris, James and Richard have to a great extent a free role in developing guitar, keyboards and drums. Dave currently spends a lot of time working with Linda on her ideas for variation of melody and lyrics where improvement can be brought about.
The band has been joined by other musicians on some recordings. Keith Martin played mandolin and melodeon on Down To The Town; Harmonica Dave Hunt played on Catfish Stew, Lazy Summer Sunday and Night Train; Colin Wilson played 12-string acoustic guitar on John Wells. Future collaborations are planned.